Betty was born on July 6, 1934 in Agassiz, BC to Soren and Edna Andersen. She passed away peacefully on Sept. 21, 2004 at the Extended Care Unit in Mission Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness.
Betty is survived by her devoted partner, Ben Kirby. She leaves four daughters: Barbara-Ann McKimmon in Toronto, Peggy McKimmon in Williams Lake, Patsy (Fred) Savinkoff in Abbotsford, and Karen McKimmon (Charlie Jefferson) in Ottawa. There are six grandchildren: Cameron (Kila) Jefferson, Patrick (Taryn) Jefferson and Christine Jefferson, all in Ottawa, Sean-Dylan McKimmon in Toronto, Kirsten (Kevin) Smith in Spokane, WA, and Anthony Savinkoff in Abbotsford. One of Betty’s greatest joys, in addition to her grandchildren, was the arrival of a great grandson, Aiden Curtis Jefferson in June, 2004.
Betty was the eldest of seven children. She was predeceased by her father, Soren. She was also predeceased by a brother, Clifford Andersen and a sister, Judy Michaloski. Betty is survived by her mother, Edna Andersen in Agassiz and brothers and sisters Ron Andersen in Vancouver, Shirley (Jack) Hutton In Auckland, New Zealand, Brian (Pat) Andersen in Campbell River, Joan (Walter) Peart in Parksville, as well as nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Betty is also survived by Ben’s family of six boys: Gerald (Joanna) Kirby in Tatla Lake, Ken (Bev) Kirby in Richmond, Rick (Janice) Kirby in Surrey, Larry (Pat) Kirby in Vernon, Garry Alison) Kirby in Kelowna and Wayne (Michelle) Kirby in Lake Errock as well as their families.
Betty was a kind and generous person. She loved to surround herself with people, both family and friends. She had an amazing talent for remembering, and marking, the birthdays of her numerous family members as well as of countless friends. She kept all this information stored faultlessly in her head. Betty’s loyalty to her family and friends was solid and dependable. She reveled in the joy of being a mother and grandmother.
Betty faced numerous medical challenges throughout most of her life and particularly in the past five years. She was able to come to peace with these challenges and maintained her belief that the world was a good place to be and that the people in it were inherently good.
Betty will be sadly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Oct. 2, 2004 at 10:00 am at Agassiz United Church, 6860 Lougheed Hwy., Agassiz, Rev. McRae officiating.
If friends so desire, donations may be made to Dr. Stuart Pavilion, Extended Care Unit, Mission Memorial Hospital.
First Memorial, Aldergrove